Prediction for Astros vs. Angels – Saturday, April 9th, 2022

| April 8, 2022 2:26 pm PDT

The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels will continue their first series of the season on Saturday night. Thursday night’s matchup featured a pitcher’s duel between Shohei Ohtani and Framber Valdez.

Alex Bregman and Yordan Alvarez hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning to give Houston a 3-0 lead. The Angels scored a run in the bottom half, but it wasn’t enough for a comeback.

This will mark the third game of their four-game series. Depending on the outcome of Friday night’s game, Houston could win the series with a victory.

Take a look at the odds via SportsBetting.ag

Astros vs. Angels Odds for April 9th

Houston Astros to Win+105
Los Angeles Angels to Win-115
Over 8.5-110
Under 8.5-110

The early betting odds don’t allow us to bet on the spread, but the odds will likely favor the Houston Astros covering at (+1.5) runs. We only have one game for betting data, so let’s check out last year’s numbers.

Houston was in the bottom half of the MLB against the spread, going 77-85. The run total might be a better bet, as only two teams went over the run total more than the Astros.

The 2021 betting trends show a similar story for the Los Angeles Angels. They were the fifth-worst team against the spread. The Angels were right behind the Astros on the run total, going over the fourth-most times.

They might have good offenses, but the pitchers were on full display on Thursday night. I wonder if that’ll be a trend, or a product of both teams sending their ace to the mound.

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Astros vs. Angels Preview 

The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels entered the 2022 season with slightly different expectations. Houston believes they can win a World Series, despite losing Carlos Correa in free agency.

The latest World Series odds have the Angels as a longshot. Their first priority should be making the playoffs. It’s ridiculous they only have one appearance in the Mike Trout era.

If Los Angeles was going to make a playoff push, it would be because of their offense. Well, that unit didn’t make an impact on Thursday night. Check out the numbers for their top players.

  • Shohei Ohtani: 0-4
  • Mike Trout: 1-3 BB
  • Anthony Rendon: 0-4
  • Jared Walsh: 0-3

It’s unfortunate because they had a solid pitching performance. Shohei Ohtani struck out nine in 4 2/3 innings. The bullpen looked good, aside from Ryan Tepera.

Ohtani will always have the spotlight, but Framber Valdez had a great performance. He pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing two hits with six strikeouts. Alex Bregman led the offense, going 2-4 with a home run and two RBIs.

The pitching matchup will see a pair of players looking to make a comeback. Justin Verlander has only pitched in one game since 2019. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2020, but his numbers with the Astros are impressive.

  • 43-15
  • 2.45 ERA
  • 0.83 WHIP
  • 85 walks
  • 640 strikeouts

Los Angeles will send free-agent signing Noah Syndergaard to the mound. He hasn’t pitched since 2019 and struggled mightily that season. However, he opened his career with four seasons under a 3.25 ERA. It’ll be interesting to see how he does in his return.

Obviously, it’s early in the season, but the pitching matchup is important for both sides. Each pitcher would love to start their comeback on a high note.

Astros vs. Angels Same Game Parlay

  • Jose Altuve to Record 2+ Hits (+155)
  • Alex Bregman to Record an RBI (+145)
  • Shohei Ohtani to Record a Run (-155)

The Houston Astros offense was on full display on Friday night. This parlay counts on that continuing, while offering plenty of value at (+857) odds.

Houston’s big start to the 2022 season hasn’t included Jose Altuve. Altuve is 1-8 with a home run, two RBIs, and five strikeouts. We’ve seen too many strikeouts through two games, but I like his chances to bounce back against Noah Syndergaard.

Altuve will hit leadoff, meaning he’ll have the most at-bats for the Astros. Honestly, that’s the biggest reason I like him having 2+ hits. This could mark his first big performance of the 2022 season.

The driving force behind Houston’s offense has been Alex Bregman. Check out his numbers through two games.

  • 4-8
  • 2 home runs
  • 3 runs
  • 4 RBIs

Bregman is hitting two spots behind Altuve. I’m expecting Altuve to pick up 2+ hits, so one hit for Bregman could drive him in. That would give us the RBI. Bregman is hitting the ball so well that he could do it on his own with a home run.

My only Los Angeles Angels player prop brings us to Shohei Ohtani. Los Angeles’ offense has struggled, with Ohtani going 1-9 with one strikeout. I don’t like their chances against Justin Verlander, but Ohtani is their best option to score a run.

He has Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon, and Jared Walsh hitting behind him. Walsh is off to a nice start, but Trout and Rendon have struggled. It’s only a matter of time before they hit their stride.

Astros vs. Angels Pick 

Pick
  • Houston Astros to Win
    +105

It’s surprising to see the Houston Astros as the underdog. They held that status on Opening Day, and they picked up a 3-1 victory. Justin Verlander is coming back from a long layoff, but I have more faith in him than Noah Syndergaard.

Both teams have a good offense, but the Astros neutralized the Angels on Opening Day. I expect to see the same in Saturday’s game.

The 2022 MLB season is at the beginning of a long year. Check out our MLB picks as we give you the top picks and predictions for the 2022 season.

Nicholas Sterling

Nicholas has been a Sports Writer with GamblingSites.com since May 2021. He has a rich sports background, writing about NASCAR, NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, Golf, etc. Nick is always ready for a new challenge.

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